[July 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage]
Written by Ashley King-Grambley.
THE RIDGWAY CHAUTAUQUA SOCIETY (RCS) has actively been developing programs in the Sherbino since it re-opened in early 2012. Starting primarily with the presentation of live music, the programming has evolved to follow the Chautauqua mission of lifelong learning, arts and culture–and has broadened considerably.
Today, regular programs of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society include: a monthly lecture series highlighting presenters on a wide variety of topics, regular film presentations, a regular poetry series which highlights a featured/accomplished poet followed by open poetry readings, at least twice-monthly live music events featuring regional and national-touring musicians, a monthly “ARTbar” where users come into the space for two hours to create a masterpiece with a qualified instructor while enjoying adult beverages, a monthly trivia night, a space for performing arts education in partnership with Weehawken Creative Arts, a quarterly “Ignite!” series, a summertime “Travel Talks” Series, a beautiful dedicated space for monthly art exhibitions as well as a gallery shop space, a stage for touring and regional theatrical productions, a space for community rentals, and a stage and rehearsal space for RCS’s very own community theatre group, “Sherbino Theatre Company” (which currently offers over six productions annually!).
Here’s a quick peak at what is coming up this summer “at the Sherb”:
July 9, The 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Hilaree Nelson, will present “Daring Greatly” as part of Sherbino’s beloved lecture series called Sherb Talks.
An Ignite! Talk will take place on July 12th (5-minute presentations on a variety of subjects).
A Sherb Talk on differing views of modern justice with return speaker, Dr. Ryan Murphy, PhD on July 19.
ARTbar, a paint and sip format evening for all skill levels with instructor, Anne Hockenberry, will take place on July 16th with the theme of “Sailing into the Sunset”.
Enjoy evenings of Sketch Comedy from Sherbino Theatre Company’s “Sherb Night Live” performances on July 22-24.
A Travel Talk focusing on philanthropy and world travel on July 26th (15-minute presentations from a variety of presenters).
Youth theatre performances from Weehawken Royal Actors’ “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” on July 27 & 28.
Renowned musicians, The Black Lillies, on Sunday, July 29th.
In August, the Sherbino teams up with Great Old Broads for Wilderness to present the film “WILD HOPE” on Aug 6th.
Full Tilt Saloon and Sherbino present “The Comedy Zone,” a night of comedy with Trenton Davis with opener, Kevin Alderman. August 7th.
The Sherbino will close its doors for the second part of August for some quick renovations and reopen with a Sherb Travel Talk, and then music from local trio, Birds of Play, on the 29th and 30th, respectively.
Sherb Nerds Trivia Night features several rounds of trivia questions with varying topics for teams of up to 6. August 27th.
Birds of Play, a musical collaboration born from a mutual love of natural places, August 30th.
Rock ’n’ roll with the Yawners. Front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues, September 8th.
Guitarist and singer/songwriter, Sara McQuid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate. Join her for a workshop, ‘Telling Stories Through Song Music’ 4:30-5 pm, followed by live performance 8 pm, September 12th
There’s almost always something happening at the Sherb. If you’re interested in checking it out, visit their website at www.sherbino.org, or their facebook page at facebook.com/sherbinotheater or just stop by 610 Clinton Street in Ridgway and say hi.